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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

#MeToo: The European Parliament's Sexual Harassment Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2017

Sexual harassment has long been a fact of life in the European Parliament in Brussels. Recently, some women have begun speaking up. But the law-making body has been slow to address the problem. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]

What Macron Means for Europe: 'How Much Will the Germans Have to Pay?'

What Macron Means for Europe: 'How Much Will the Germans Have to Pay?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2017

Emmanuel Macron represents an opportunity for Europe, one the Germans would be wise to take advantage of. It is doubtful, though, whether Angela Merkel will be able to act on the French president's bold vision. An Essay by Jürgen Habermas more... Comment ]


Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

Rule of Law: Merkel Risks Deepening EU Rifts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2017

Violations of EU agreements have become more the rule than the exception and now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would like to put a stop to the practice. But the move seems predestined to deepen Brussel's dispute with Poland and Hungary. By Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Shadow Brexit Minister Starmer: 'Theresa May Engages in Doublespeak on Brexit'

Shadow Brexit Minister Starmer: 'Theresa May Engages in Doublespeak on Brexit'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2017

On the issue of Brexit, the Labour Party finds itself in an advantageous position as Prime Minister Theresa May's government struggles to find unity. In an interview, Keir Starmer, Brexit minister in the shadow cabinet, speaks of the possibility that Brexit talks might fail as well as his pity for the prime minister. Interview Conducted by Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'We Need to Develop Political Heroism'

Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'We Need to Develop Political Heroism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2017

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, French President Emmanuel Macron talks about his first months in office, elaborates on his plans for Europe and discusses his developing relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Julia Amalia Heyer and Britta Sandberg in Paris more... Comment ]

Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

Never Fear! Merkel Should Follow Macron's Lead on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


'Neither a Plan A or a Plan B': What Strategy is London Pursuing with Brexit Talks?

'Neither a Plan A or a Plan B': What Strategy is London Pursuing with Brexit Talks?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 28, 2017

For weeks, the Brits and the Europeans have been talking at cross purposes in the Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May gave a major speech in Florence last week, but the mistrust is still deep. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

Fresh Headwinds for Euro Reforms? Uncertainty Dogs Europe After German Election

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2017

The French government has ambitious plans to reform the eurozone, but the German election could derail them. Faced with a surge in right-wing populism and a potential coalition with the fiscally liberal Free Democrats, Angela Merkel may not have the mandate for major changes. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Will Separatists Split Spain? Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

Will Separatists Split Spain? Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2017

The conflict between Madrid and Catalan separatists is escalating. With raids and arrests last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is trying to prevent an independence referendum, but preparations for the vote are still underway. By Claus Hecking and Tobias Rapp more...

End of an Era? The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats

End of an Era? The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2017

Across Europe, social democratic parties are in crisis and on Sunday, the German SPD could slide to its worst result since World War II. What has happened to the once-glorious center-left parties on the Continent? And how can they recover? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]